1991 Philadelphia Phillies season

1991 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Giles
General manager(s) Lee Thomas
Manager(s) Nick Leyva, Jim Fregosi
Local television WTXF-TV
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser)
(Chris Wheeler, Jim Barniak, Garry Maddox)
SportsChannel Philadelphia
(Jim Fregosi, Andy Musser)
Local radio WOGL
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)
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  • December 17, 1990: Danny Cox was signed as a free agent by the Phillies.[1]
  • January 11, 1991: Jim Lindeman was signed as a free agent by the Phillies.[2]

Regular season

On April 28, 1991, the Phillies recorded the first triple-play in the history of Veterans Stadium.[3] Tony Gwynn lined to second baseman Randy Ready. Ready stepped on second, and although he could have tagged the runner, threw to first baseman Ricky Jordan.[4]

On May 6, 1991, Lenny Dykstra slammed his Mercedes-Benz red sports car into two trees while driving home from a bachelor party.[5] Dykstra, suffered three broken ribs, a broken right collarbone and a broken right cheekbone. A broken rib punctured a lung and his heart was bruised, according to doctors.[5] Phillies' catcher Darren Daulton was also in the car with Dykstra. Daulton suffered a broken left eye socket, a scratched left cornea and a heart bruise, doctors said.[5]

On May 23, 1991, Tommy Greene threw a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos in Montreal. Greene was starting for only the second time in the season and 15th time in his major league career. He became the first visiting pitcher to hurl a no-hitter in Montreal's history as the Phillies defeated the Expos, 2-0 before an Olympic Stadium crowd of 8,833. Greene was pitching in place of Danny Cox who had suffered a pulled groin in his last start. Greene walked seven batters but also struck out 10.[6]

Playing against the Cincinnati Reds on June 14, 1991, Von Hayes was hit by a pitch by Tom Browning[7] which broke his arm. Hayes returned to action on September 6, 1991, against Houston. Hayes was traded to the California Angels in the off-season but Hayes would later cite Browning's pitch as ending his career, "I broke my arm when I was hit by a pitch from Tom Browning... and I was finished. I tried to make a comeback (with California) in 1992, but it was no good."[8]

From July 30th to August 12th, the Phillies won 13 straight games, a franchise record in the modern era (since 1901) that still stands. The Phillies swept the Montreal Expos twice during the streak and made up seven games in the standings. The streak also helped them move from last place in the NL East to third by season's end.

On October 6, 1991, the most strikeouts were recorded against the Phillies in franchise history as David Cone of their division rival New York Mets struck out 19,[9] tying a then-National League record for most strikeouts in a game, set by Steve Carlton against the Mets in their championship season of 1969 and Tom Seaver the following year.[9] It was also the most strikeouts ever recorded by a pitcher at Veterans Stadium.[9] The Mets won the game 7-0.

Notable transactions

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 9864 0.605 52–32 46–32
St. Louis Cardinals 8478 0.519 14 52–32 32–46
Philadelphia Phillies 7884 0.481 20 47–36 31–48
Chicago Cubs 7783 0.481 20 46–37 31–46
New York Mets 7784 0.478 20½ 40–42 37–42
Montreal Expos 7190 0.441 26½ 33–35 38–55

Record vs. opponents

1991 National League Records

Atlanta 6–611–713–57–115–79–35–79–311–79–99–3
Chicago 6–64–89–32–1010–711–68–107–114–86–610–8
Cincinnati 7–118–49–96–126–65–79–32–108–1010–84–8
Houston 5–133–99–98–102–107–57–54–86–129–95–7
Los Angeles 11–710–212–610–85–77–57–57–510–88–106–6
Montreal 7–57–106–610–27–54–144–146–126–67–57–11
New York 3–96–117–55–75–714–411–76–127–56–67–11
Philadelphia 7-510–83–95–75–714–47–116–129–36–66–12
Pittsburgh 3–911–710–28–45–712–612–612–67–57–511–7
San Diego 7–118–410–812–68–106–65–73–95–711–79–3
San Francisco 9–96–68–109–910–85–76–66–65–77–114–8
St. Louis 3–98–108–47–56–611–711–712–67–113–98–4

1991 Game Log

 Phillies win
 Phillies loss
BoldPhillies team member
1991 Game Log[13]
Overall Record: 78–84


1991 Philadelphia Phillies
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CDarren Daulton8928556.1961242
1BJohn Kruk152538158.2942192
2BMickey Morandini9832581.249120
3BCharlie Hayes142460106.2301253
SSDickie Thon146539136.252944
LFWes Chamberlain10138392.2401350
CFLenny Dykstra6324673.297312
RFDale Murphy153544137.2521881

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jim Lindeman659532.337012


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Danny Cox23102.1464.5746

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bruce Ruffin31119473.7885

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Wally Ritchie391207.596
Tim Mauser30002.5026

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Red Barons
International League Bill Dancy
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Don McCormack
A Clearwater Phillies Florida State League Lee Elia
A Spartanburg Phillies South Atlantic League Mel Roberts
A-Short Season Batavia Clippers New York–Penn League Ramón Avilés
Rookie Martinsville Phillies Appalachian League Roly de Armas



  1. Danny Cox at Baseball Reference
  2. Jim Lindeman at Baseball Reference
  3. Westcott, Rich (2005). Veterans Stadium: field of memories. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. p. 81. ISBN 1-58261-303-6.
  4. "April 28, 1991 San Diego Padres at Philadelphia Phillies Box Score and Play by Play".
  5. 1 2 3 "BASEBALL; Dykstra and Daulton Injured in Car Accident". The New York Times. Associated Press. May 7, 1991. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  6. Chass, Murray (May 24, 1991). "BASEBALL; From Sub to Sublime: No-Hitter for Phillies' Greene". New York Times.
  7. "June 14, 1991 Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies Box Score and Play by Play".
  8. Schneider, Russell (2002). Tales From the Tribe Dugout. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 82. ISBN 1-58261-303-6.
  9. 1 2 3 Polman, Dick (October 7, 1991). "Mets' Cone Fans 19 As Phils Wave Goodbye". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. C1.
  10. Mitch Williams at Baseball Reference
  11. Rick Schu at Baseball Reference
  12. Ricky Bottalico at Baseball Reference
  13. "1991 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule, Box Scores and Splits". Baseball-Reference.com.
  14. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
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